Two Saturdays nights ago in Adams Morgan, police arrested Jeff Lewis and four fellow Motor City Garage employees. Their offense? Parking cars on Motor City’s Champlain Street NW lot even though the business’s parking permit had expired a week earlier. “Myself and four employees were cuffed and incarcerated like common criminals,” says Lewis. But the real insult came when Lewis returned to the lot a few hours later: He found 20 new cars parked on the property. While Lewis and his co-workers had been sitting in lockup, one of their perpetually gridlocked neighborhood’s entrepreneurial car jockeys had taken over the lucrative weekend business. According to Lewis and car owners he later interviewed, the freelance parking attendant had waved in the cars for $10 a pop, netting himself a cool, tax-free $200. —Patrick Tracey
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